At so many events I hear people advising, “hire an intern to help you with your marketing”. While young people have a lot of talent and skill and think in different ways than adults (or older adults do), they DO NOT have the 10, 20, 30 years of experience that we have in building a business.
Sure, use interns to get your creative juices flowing and introduce you to new technology. YOU can educate them on how business works – how products are made and sold. YOU can temper their desire to “Tweet their way to revenue”.
The New York Times writes, in an article about Snapchat, Incidentally, though 20-something tech founders like Mr. Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates get a lot of ink, they are unusual. A recent study by the VC firm Cowboy Ventures found that among tech startups that have earned a valuation of at least $1 billion since 2003, the average founder’s age was 34. “The twentysomething inexperienced founder is an outlier, not the norm,” wrote Cowboy’s founder Aileen Lee.
Young people are awesome, and so are you. No work together and go make money.
I’m honored to be helping my son, Tim with his illusion business and Joshua Johns with his entertainment company, spun from him tapping on the trains of NYC to pay for college.